If you're remodeling your home to include a basement family room, there's a good chance you considered adding a pool or billiards table. These felt and wood masterpieces are a great addition to any home and buying a billiards table and equipment is probably more affordable than you might think. Anyone who is budgeting pool tables in their renovation plans should also consider having a separate equipment budget to supply their new table with cues, balls, chalk and other accessories. But once you get beyond stripes and solids, you might find yourself wondering which accessories you really need and which is a supply you just want. So before you go shopping, get familiar with these common pool terms.
Accessory Kit - Most pool equipment wholesalers can sell you a great accessory kit that includes, chalk, brushes and all the other gear you'll need to keep your table in great shape.
Cover - No matter how clean your home is you'll want to protect your felt table with a good cover. This is one of the cheapest and most important accessories you can get.
Nets - The nets that act as pockets on most billiards table get more use than you might think. Consider buying a couple extras to keep on hand, just in case one gets accidentally torn off from a ball.
Pool Cues - You probably won't need more than four or five good pool cues for when company comes over and you'll be glad to have them. Don't forget to invest in a good rack for them, too.
Billiards, a cue sports game, was first played in the 1300s. Early billiards players used a crude stick to hit and move a cue ball across a table.
According to legend, King Luis XI owned the first true billiards table with a felt top, and he quickly popularized the game, but the modern version of the game did not truly evolve until the 1800s.
Pool halls began to spring up in several cities around that time, and pool balls became more uniform in size and color.
Today, half of these balls are striped, and half of them are solid. They are moved across a table with a pool stick and a cue ball. The tip of this stick is often rubbed with chalk to make it more effective.
The rules of the game are simple, but nuanced. Many accessories and supplies are needed to play the game properly. Players need racks for their balls and stands for their sticks. They also need cases.
And the pool table itself must be properly outfitted to ensure that players are able to play properly. A pocket, cover, and net must be present.
Wholesale supply companies often sell this equipment to players. They also often sell pool tables and other pieces of furniture. The equipment can never be bought cheaply, buy the suppliers often offer discounts and custom sets.
If you're interested in buying a billiards table or accessories, you ought to consider contacting your local supply company - they should be able to help you find what you need!